Welcome to Monday, the start of a work week for some of us, or the start of a school week for those who are students. Wherever you find yourself on this day, there are things in front of you and me that we need to do. Maybe you need to work on a school assignment, write a paper or study for a test. Maybe you need to write some emails, craft a proposal, flip a hamburger, wash a toilet, load the dishwasher, drive to a soccer practice, grade some papers, manage a project, crunch some numbers, etc. No matter what, all of us have stuff we need to do today – do the work.
And this is part of God’s design for each of us. You and I are uniquely designed to participate in and accomplish things. How we do such work is the real issue, even more than what we do. So here are some helpful ideas about how we do our work:
work as unto the Lord and not to man – Colossians 3:23
keep a grateful heart – 1Thessalonians 5:18
stayed focused and eliminate distractions – Proverbs 4:25
When I was growing up, my parents did a great job of helping me to try out new things & to look for possible talents and interests that I might have. One area that we explored quite a bit was piano playing. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old and over the course of several years, I had the privilege of taking lessons from a local family who was reknowned for their piano skills & abilities. In this family, the father, mother & a few of the kids gave piano lessons. They were all concert pianists and did their level best to improve my skills, with a minimal effort of cooperation on my part. And that was the key problem. I was settling for mediocre when they were striving for excellence. As a result, everyone was frustrated: my parents, this concert pianist family & myself.
With this contrast between excellence & mediocrity, I think that there can be many areas in our lives where we settle for average when we could have extraordinary. Let’s not allow our faith to be one of these areas. I don’t want my relationship with God to be average – I want to be like Moses in Ex 33, a friend with whom God speaks face to face. To me, this is an extraordinary relationship w God & Moses’ example stirs me up such that I won’t settle for an average walk w God. How about you???